The days are getting shorter and the air is filled with cool freshness. It is time to pull out the fuzzy sweaters and flannel pajama bottoms and curl up on the couch with a cup of hot tea.
I love fall; it is my favorite season ♥ The sweet scent of apple pie and cinnamon is all around, and nature’s colors are simply spectacular. Everyone is in a good mood too, because the holidays are just around the corner.
I took a trip to a scenic area in the state of Connecticut this week, called Washington Depot. I came home today with a trunk full of gorgeous local apples and bright-colored pumpkins. I am so excited to make pie this weekend, so stay tuned for the recipe on the blog next week.
Today, I have another lovely treat for you though — pumpkin chia seed smoothie. Yum! This is one of my favorite sweet drinks this time of year ♥
Pumpkins are an excellent source of carotenoids, which give this vegetable its bright orange colors. The pumpkin fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E which help fight free radical damage in the body and may protect you against various types of cancer. These powerful nutrients do wonders for your skin too and give you a glowingly healthy completion 🙂
In addition pumpkins are a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B-6 and iron. There is so much nutrition packed in only 30 calories per cup, so eat up!
I am obsessed with honey- or maple syrup- roasted pumpkin topped with chopped pecans or almonds. My grandmother used to make this sweet treat for us children in the fall. Simply amazing ♥
This smoothie is a delicious and very creative way to use the meat of your carved up pumpkins. All you need to do is toss your carvings in the oven for 15-20 minutes with a little bit of water so that the pumpkin meat softens. Once done, let it cool for a few minutes and blend with some raw honey, maple syrup or pitted dates, which is what I used in this recipe.
You can also add other fruits to the mix, like apple, peach or banana. I like tossing in some protein-rich seeds, such as hemp or chia for added nutrition. There is a lot of opportunity to be creative with your smoothies.
Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon or nut meg on top and voila, you have a beautiful and very nutritious cocktail!
This smoothie tastes delicious and brings together all the flavors of fall in a cup ♥ Enjoy every sip!
- 1 cup roasted pumpkin (sweet potato works too)
- 3-4 pitted dates*
- ½ ripe banana
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 3-4 cups almond milk
- a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Blend all ingredients until smooth
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top
- Enjoy right away
- You will not be able to get enough of this yummy treat!